My Watershed, My Home

In Fondes Amandes, St Anns, on the outskirts of the capital in Trinidad and Tobago, diverse members of the community come together to work at reforesting their watershed and bringing back its biodiversity. But they must also get creative to address the underlying issues fueling the persistent threat of forest fires. Taking us on this journey into their community and into nature, through the issues and their work, they make a case for why they do what they do, and what’s at stake if we do nothing. We hear the traditional Carnival character the Midnight Robber, who performs “robber talk” as a form of resistance against oppression and explore ideas of home and questions around development, and witness examples of how communities can begin to take charge of the environments in which they live.

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My Watershed, My Home (2020)

Short (22mins) Documentary


Trinidad and Tobago


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Rhonda Chan Soo


Sat 12 Sep 2020, ALL DAY *,

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12.00 am (midnight) until 11.59 pm of the above-mentioned dates.

World Premiere

Rhonda Chan Soo

Rhonda Chan Soo

Rhonda Chan Soo is a Trinidadian documentary filmmaker who is working to develop a body of work dealing with contemporary issues of Caribbean identity, aimed at examining where we are, where we’ve come from and where we’re headed. A combination of merit-based scholarships allowed her to pursue her tertiary studies in the United States, where she earned an MA in documentary filmmaking from Wake Forest University and a BSc in Environmental Science from Furman University. She worked as a multimedia fellow with the Southern Environmental Law Center in Birmingham, Alabama in 2013 before returning home to Trinidad. Within the narrative realm, she worked as co-producer of Moving Parts, a drama directed by Emilie Upczak and set in Trinidad and Tobago, which explores the realities of immigration and human trafficking.

Rhonda’s previous notable documentary film works include: Riding Bull Cart a documentary portrait which won best local documentary short at the trinidad + tobago film festival in 2015; Quiet Revolution, which took home the jury award at Green Screen 2016; and Nearest Neighbours (2019), a short documentary film which has been screened at film festivals internationally, contributing an intimate look at the experiences of Venezuelan refugees and asylum-seekers in Trinidad and Tobago. ‘My Watershed, My Home’ is her most recently completed documentary film, which highlights the problem of fires in the Port of Spain Watershed, as well as the community’s response at preservation.

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